In terms of message, there isn’t really much to The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. It’s a film about love and the trials and tribulations we endure for it. Which, in a way, is pretty much the theme of half the movies ever made. What makes the film so entertaining is that it’s kind of insane. Shia LaBeouf plays the title character, who ignores society and goes on a seat of his pants adventure across Bucharest, embracing every impulse and never knowing what’s coming next. The audience can probably see what’s coming next, but getting there is a wild, frivolous ride.

Making his feature film debut, commercial director Fredrik Bond has made a visually impressive, thematically pointless joyride tainted with drugs and blood. And if that sounds like your kind of thing, you’ll love The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. Read More »

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The cast of Tom Hooper‘s Les Miserables is already plenty star-studded, with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and up-and-comer Eddie Redmayne all signed on at present — but as anyone familiar with the book or stage musical can attest, that still leaves several juicy roles remaining to be filled.

One of the most notable is the part of Éponine, perhaps best remembered for her big solo number “On My Own,” but that could change soon. According to a new rumor, Scarlett Johansson, Evan Rachel Wood, Lea Michele, and Taylor Swift are competing for the role, though a decision has yet to be made. More details after the jump.

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Warren Beatty‘s return to acting and directing is no small thing, especially since he has chosen to tackle Howard Hughes as the subject of his next film. The currently untitled project will star Beatty, who also wrote, and is reportedly about “an affair [Hughes] had with a young woman in the later years of his life.” While Paramount’s Brad Grey had talked about the film as an exciting project, things have evidently changed, as Warren Beatty tells The Wrap that the film is now at New Regency, which has a distribution deal with Fox. Read More »

The trailer for George Clooney‘s fourth film, the political drama The Ides of March, suggested that the film might turn out to be a good character piece that has appeal beyond the limits of a political drama that is locked in a four-year old contest. (The source material is Beau Willimon’s play Farragut North, which is sourced from Howard Dean’s 2004 primary campaign.)

Now the film has bowed at Venice, and a handful of reviews are in. Cautiously positive seems to be the overall average, and we’ve got a handful of quotes from Venice attendees below. Read More »

‘The Ides of March’ Trailer and Poster

I’ll say this for the trailer for George Clooney‘s new political drama The Ides of March: by the end I had no sense that I knew exactly where the movie is going. That’s a very good thing.  Adapted from Beau Willimon‘s play Farragut North, the film features Ryan Gosling as a young but influential press secretary who has to manage a political scandal as he navigates the tricky waters of a Presidential primary race. Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei co-star, and the film looks pretty damn solid from here. Read More »

Warren Beatty’s New Movie is About Howard Hughes

Briefly: We just heard a few days ago that Warren Beatty will be working with Paramount to make a new, as-yet untitled comedy. He wrote and will direct, produce and star in the film. Now Deadline says that he will be playing famously reclusive billionaire and (later in life) total weirdo Howard Hughes. The site says the film isn’t a biopic, but will involve, in part, “an affair he had with a young woman in the later years of his life.” (I.e., when he was a total weirdo. This could be fun.) But, er, sorry, Christopher Nolan. Hope this doesn’t further stall your own Hughes film.

Meetings are reported with Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Shia La Beouf, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood and Rooney Mara for other roles, though no one is cast. Warren Beatty is beloved and has been away from the screen for a decade, so you can expect that he’ll round up a great cast for the film if his script is solid.

One of the great many films that seems like a strong 2011 festival prospect is George Clooney‘s The Ides of March, which adapts Beau Williams‘ play Farragut North. Now the film has been tabbed as the opening selection for the Venice Film Festival, and will therefore premiere on August 31.

That’ll probably be in time for the movie to still seem like it is particularly well-timed, as the play and movie are both inspired by events in Howard Dean’s 2004 Presidential primary campaign, but augmented with the scandal of sexual impropriety. So as it turns out, the last weeks of Anthony Weiner’s political career could be this movie’s best advance marketing. And it can always be promoted on the strength of a stellar cast: Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Max Minghella and Evan Rachel Wood. Read More »

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George Clooney is directing his fourth film, The Ides of March, right now. It’s a political satire based on Beau Williamson‘s play Farragut North, which in turn was based on Beau Williamson’s time working with the Howard Dean primary campaign in 2004. Clooney has a supporting role as a presidential candidate whose young, idealistic press secretary (Ryan Gosling) “succumbs to the evils and backhanded nature of the political machine.”

We’ve seen some set photos from the project, but this new image shows off some of the satirical bent of the film, as we see George Clooneys’ character front and center on a very Shepard Fairy-style poster that promises ‘more.’ Read More »

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